My son and his wife have been married for five years. I raised my son in the Catholic Church and he went to Catholic schools until high school. He then attended and graduated from a small public school. He is now 31. His wife never graduated HS. They have a son (my first grandchild) who is 20 months old. He has never been Baptized as Son quit attending Church after he moved away from home. Son does not have any hatred toward the faith - I think he just fell away and now finds it difficult to pick back up and attend after being gone so long.
When Son and Daughter-in-Law married, they did go to Pre-Cana and were married in the Church. I do not think either of them has attended Church since then. DIL is not Baptized at all. Her family has no religion except for her grandmother who is a very strict Baptist, which apparently turns everyone else “off” religion.
Here is the problem: I am so in love with my faith – I even recently became an Associate with the Sisters of St. Francis. I have tried to talk to Son about Baptizing my grandson a few times and he always says he just doesn’t have time right now to attend the classes required for the parents. (He goes to college three nights a week.) Now they are expecting another baby boy in January.
DIL’s mother is a self-professed “pagan”. She has a blog that talks about pagaism, has music links to pagan music, she wears a pentacle and her email address has a paganism name. She and her “husband” are not legally married, but had a pagan ritual “marriage”. (A “handbinding” I think it is called?)
She is very out and proud of her “religion” and calls herself a “crone” which is not (as I discovered) a bad term in paganism, rather one that means a person of wisdom.
Here is my question to everyone: I like Pagan Grandma a lot, but I worry about her influences on our grandchildren. I would like to be sure that as they grow up, they are not overly influenced by her beliefs. How do you think I can counteract her without creating a problem for my Son? Pagan Granny sees our grandson a lot more then I do. She does not work outside the home and I do.
I have bought Catholic children’s books and a Bibles for Grandson. I told Son I would take Grandson to Church when he is older if he and DIL don’t want to go.
How would all of you try to keep the grandchildren away from paganism???